With the start of Spring about a week away, thousands of college students on break will join snowbirds along our beautiful beaches. While relaxing on the beach and having fun in the surf is all part of a South Florida vacation, there is a hidden danger that they may not be aware of.
The first official day of winter is here, but with South Florida’s warm temperatures saying otherwise, weather experts are warning beach-goers of dangerous rip currents.
South Florida is one of those places where ocean-swimming is still a pastime in the month of November. But, Florida’s emergency managers are warning swimmers of a high risk of rip currents through Tuesday.
Red flags were flying up and down South Florida’s beaches on Tuesday as gusty wind created a high risk for rip currents.
CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez said we can expect winds in the 18-25 mph range over the next day or so with gusts in the 30s. This creates dangerous in the water conditions for both swimmers and boaters.
Dark skies and a large area of rain coming from the Atlantic Ocean will impact South Florida.
Rip currents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend have claimed two lives along Florida’s coast.
The holiday weekend will be a little drier for parts of South Florida, but the rip current concerns will remain high at area beaches.
Wind gusts this Independence Day have already reached 25 mph to near 30 mph in parts of South Florida.
Sunday was a busy day for lifeguards and ocean rescue personnel up and down the coast as people ventured into dangerous surf conditions.
Expect a wet and windy week ahead as plenty of deep tropical moisture builds in across South Florida Tuesday and over the next few days.